Ferrara Cathedral, Ferrara

#4 of 72 in Historic Sites in Ferrara
World heritage site · Church · Tourist Spot
Ferrara Cathedral is the seat of the archbishop of Ferrara and the largest church in the city. Located only steps from the Palazzo Comunale and the famous Castello Estense, the cathedral, built in a Romanesque style, dates to the 12th century. The facade is made of white marble, and features scenes from the New Testament as well as numerous sculptures of its characters. The interior was entirely remade in Baroque style after a fire in the 18th century. For a better look at the ceiling painting by Bastianino (inspired by Michelangelo), insert a two-Euro coin into a machine about 50 m (164 ft) from the main entrance on the right: this will cause the apse and the painting to be flooded with light. Put Ferrara Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ferrara trip planner.
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  • Very beautiful and impressive cathedral of Ferrara. It is dedicated to St. George and is located in the center, opposite the Town Hall.  more »
  • With its mystic dark brown walls and dark but warm atmosphere. Shiny with its decorations in the dark. Details makes it a special one. It was a rare opening time during the year I could go inside...  more »
  • Bellissima, the inside is wonderful and HUGE. It's a pity that the facade is still covered because of the renovation needed after the 2012's earthquake. I luckily saw it even before the work started, it was amazingly detailed. 🤩
  • Recommend, interesting exhibition of old Christian books, wall covers and statues.

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